The violent attack, or the discharge or water artillery

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The violent attack, or the discharge or water artillery
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Samuel Collings

The violent attack, or the discharge or water artillery

London, G. Lister July 1st. 1784

Etching

Original hand colouring

190 x 235 mm

Trimmed within publication line

£140

George III (left) seated on a throne with Thurlow and Pitt beside him, while Fox, Burke, and North squirt water at him, which is intercepted by Pitt. Fox (right) discharges with vigour the contents of a large syringe at the king, saying, "Take this for robbing me of India" (cf. BMSat 6368, &c). Pitt interposes his person and hands; he turns to the king, saying, "I am young and able to defend your M-----y from their dirty Attacks". The king says, "I require no more than my constitutional Weight in the Scale". Thurlow, standing behind the throne, says, "Prerogative is not to be squirted away". Burke stands on Fox's right also discharging his syringe, saying, "Suppose we charge our Squirts with Aqua-fortis?" Behind Fox, and on the extreme right, is North, holding a syringe and saying, "Can't we storm the Treasury, my Rt. hon Friend?" The king's throne is merely a small arm-chair on the back of which is a crown. He is seated on a dais of one very low step, probably symbolic of the limitations of the prerogative. BM 6632